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Re: Motorsailing?

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  • owen
    That might be easier to build as well. I think you are right it would be better overall, especially when the boat is moored or parked on the beach and is just
    Message 1 of 29 , Jan 4, 2010
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      That might be easier to build as well. I think you are right it would be better overall, especially when the boat is moored or parked on the beach and is just a mobile camping spot. I never thought of mosquito netting, that is probably more important than anything...

      Owen


      --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "scr243" <scr243@...> wrote:
      >
      > Owen,
      >
      > What about just a folding bimini top? Make it long enough to shade the useful parts of the cockpit. Seems like it would be more useful for cruising than a dodger which just shades the companionway and bridgedeck. You can always add a small shade tarp over the cabin to cool it down when you anchor or tie up. If you plan on camping in the summer, don't forget the cabin fan and mosquito netting on the companionway. That's a good design, make it comfy.
      >
      > Stan
      >
      > --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "owen" <obuerkle@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Nels and Stan, I am dreaming along those lines with my Twister. I like the jukebox3 pilot house idea very much, like you say it is a bit too much for me to tow at present but I really like pilot houses. I am thinking of how to make a dodger for my twister. A self bailing cockpit is something to ponder over as well, so many options :)
      > >
      > > I got the rear deck put on this afternoon, I put pictures in the twister folder.
      > >
      > > Owen
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "Nels A" <arvent@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Right on Stan,
      > > >
      > > > I have the Jukebox3 plans and also am considering the Long Micro with
      > > > similar pilothouse added.
      > > >
      > > > Both these designs are more suited to being kept on a mooring as they
      > > > are not so easy to trailer - let alone with a small 4 banger econo
      > > > vehicle.The advantage is that one could go out for two weeks or longer
      > > > with such a design.
      > > >
      > > > A small folding dodger added to Twister offers some versatility in that
      > > > regard as it is quite trailerable and still offers a fair degree of
      > > > shelter if the weather turns cool or rainy. Disadvantage, in my view is
      > > > lack of a self-draining cockpit if caught out under a down pour. Would
      > > > be interesting to deck over the cockpit like on Micro and Blobster for
      > > > example.
      > > >
      > > > http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/jim/blobster/index.htm
      > > >
      > > > Small hatch over the foot-well and drains outboard on the enclosed deck
      > > > aft.
      > > >
      > > > One could still handle the steering and sails while inside if steering
      > > > lines ran in under the cabin as well as the trolling motor controls.
      > > >
      > > > I like the idea of a small motorsailer with ability to sail/motor from
      > > > inside. Yet still a nice little cockpit when the weather is nice.
      > > >
      > > > A motor sailer can be quite small in my view:-)
      > > >
      > > > Nels
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "scr243" <scr243@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > The other aspect of motorsailing is to have a boat that is actually
      > > > designed for that purpose. I'm thinking of a boat with a pilot house
      > > > cabin, short rig, and economical motor. There was an article in
      > > > Duckworks about "Terminal Trawlers". The idea was to buy a used cabin
      > > > sailboat, mount a larger than normal 4 stroke outboard and motor most of
      > > > the time. The Jukebox design with an enlarged pilot house might be a
      > > > good motorsailer. Certainly the pilot house would extend your sailing
      > > > season up in the North country.
      > > > >
      > > > > Stan
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "Nels A" arvent@ wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Very strange Stan, since my previous location often had too much
      > > > wind as
      > > > > > you refer to. Sailing with jib only while hanging over the rail gets
      > > > old
      > > > > > fast as well:-)
      > > > > >
      > > > > > So drifting along in light zephyrs is a different experience. Thus
      > > > my
      > > > > > interest in some kind of way to get to the next patch of ripples
      > > > showing
      > > > > > up on the surface.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Great responses. A trolling motor seems to be a viable solution. A
      > > > > > couple of deep-cycle batteries add ballast as well if strapped down
      > > > > > properly amidships. Already have a pretty good solar panel with
      > > > > > controller and we get lots of sun here in summer. (4 AM to 10 PM in
      > > > > > mid-summer.)
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I looked at going electric only, but available locations to
      > > > re-charge
      > > > > > batteries are few and far between where I am located. Plus I am not
      > > > > > attracted to having to find a marina and pay the fees to get a
      > > > hookup.
      > > > > > Especially with a Michalak design, that I can tie up at in any
      > > > little
      > > > > > cove.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I do have a small gen-set but then you have to carry gas anyway, why
      > > > not
      > > > > > just have a small outboard instead?
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Planning must be done with your sailing location in mind. Really
      > > > find
      > > > > > the comment as seeing a trolling motor as a disposable tool
      > > > interesting.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Nels
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > > --- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "scr243" <scr243@> wrote:
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > It must be strange to be in a predominant light air region with a
      > > > > > sailboat. The typical summer wind on the Gulf coast is over 20mph
      > > > and
      > > > > > usually quite a challenge for small boats. In the winter we have a
      > > > lot
      > > > > > of light winds and calm waters, so everyone gets a variety of
      > > > > > experiences. Personally I don't like light winds and drifting
      > > > around
      > > > > > very much, it is much harder to sail in for me.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Stan
      > > > > >
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
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